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WR Jeremy Maclin - Kansas City Chiefs

6-0, 198Born: 5-11-1988College: MissouriDrafted: Round 1, pick 19

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Kansas City's pass defense has been subpar, putting them in game scripts that require more passing from Alex Smith. Maclin is the clear #1 target and the team is using him liberally on high percentage short and intermediate routes including crossing patterns and sideline throws. He's creeping into WR1 territory in PPR with Chicago coming to town.

Week 5: vs Chicago Bears

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense manufactured 21 points last week, a respectable total, but unfortunately for Smith's fantasy owners all 21 points came via field goals (yup, 7x3 = 21). Smith finished the game with 31/45 for 386 yards passing (zero interceptions thrown). Jeremy Maclin (13 targets for 11/148/0) was a PPR owners' dream last week, while Jamaal Charles (six for 6/70/0), Jason Avant (five for 4/43/0), Travis Kelce (seven for 5/49/0) and Chris Conley (seven for 2/53/0) all racked up some yards while #2 wideout Albert Wilson was sidelined (shoulder injury). The Bears' pass D has surrendered the second-most TDs in the league through four games (10 given out), while averaging 189.8 net passing yards allowed per game (fourth in the NFL). The team has just two interceptions (tied for 21st in the NFL) with six sacks (tied for 23rd in the NFL). Teams don't need to go the length of the field against the Bears much, which helps account for the low passing yards allowed average - last week, Oakland finished with 20/34 for 173 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown at Chicago. Advantage, Smith and K.C.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at HOU 65 0 0 0 9 5 52 0 0 5.2
2 vs DEN 62 2 -5 0 7 4 57 0 0 5.2
3 at GB 69 0 0 0 11 8 141 1 0 20.1
4 at CIN 74 0 0 0 13 11 148 0 0 14.8
5 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 6 * * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 8 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs CIN (13 / 11 / 148 / 0 rec)

Maclin caught 11 of his 13 targets en route to his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game, finishing the day with 148 yards. Although he didn't find the end zone for the second week in a row, he was able to recapture some of last week's second half chemistry with Alex Smith. The duo hooked up for their longest play of the day on the Chiefs second scoring drive, a short pass over the middle that Maclin was able to extend for 44 yards out of bounds. Smith looked Maclin's way again later in the drive. On 3rd and 7 from the 20, a short right pass was caught by Maclin but resulted in negative yardage and the team would settle for a field goal. Smith has been facing heavy pressure over the past two games, effecting both his timing and accuracy. If the team can solve that issue, Maclin's production would only get better from that point.

2015 Week 3 vs GB (11 / 8 / 141 / 1 rec)

Maclin was the invisible man in the first half but turned it on in the second for a productive evening. His lackluster first half included a bad drop on one of his few targets and a missed block that resulted in a stalled drive for the Chiefs. The second half presented a different story and Maclin made the most of his opportunities. He hauled in eight catches for 141 yards and a touchdown once he became a focal point of the offense. The touchdown pass was a five-yard strike from Alex Smith, the culmination of an 11-play, 80-yard drive in which Maclin snagged a ball for a key 31-yard gain to bring the team into the red zone.

2015 Week 2 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec, 2 / -5 / 0 rush)

Maclin's biggest play of the night may have come when he wasn't the target. He provided a key block for Jamaal Charles' 34-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Maclin was targeted a team-high seven times against the Broncos, catching four passes for 57 yards. He made some solid catches, including one for 30 yards, but the offense struggled as a whole as Alex Smith was under pressure throughout the game. The budding chemistry between the two is apparent and Smith continues to look for Maclin as the first option in the passing game, a trend that will continue throughout the season.

2015 Week 1 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Jeremy Maclin made his much-anticipated debut as a member of the Chiefs on Sunday. He led all receivers in targets with nine on his way to a 5 catch, 52-yard performance. Maclin and Alex Smith connected for the first time on the opening drive, a short pass out of the shotgun that Maclin was able to extend for 9 yards before being pushed out of bounds. They connected again on the teams' second touchdown drive, a short pass that went for eight yards to bring the Chiefs across midfield. Two plays later, Smith was able to hit a wide open Travis Kelce for a 42-yard touchdown, the presence of Maclin undoubtedly contributing to the blown coverage on Kelce. Maclin's solid first game as a Chief could have been even better as a 39-yard reception was called back in the third quarter due to a Texans challenge on whether he had control or not. He was slightly banged up on the play but did not appear to suffer any lingering effects. All-in-all a solid debut for Maclin, he will fit in very nicely as the WR1 for the Chiefs.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin stays hot (Sun Oct 4, 09:49 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin had 11 catches for 148 yards in a 36-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.

Our View: Maclin is a target hog in this offense that has no other proven wide receivers. The touchdowns might be rare, but this kind of target volume can make Maclin a near WR1 in PPR leagues without scores. Next week against the Bears should be another high point for him.
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Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin breaks KC WR drought (Tue Sep 29, 12:14 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin posted eight receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers Monday, Sept. 28. He is the first wide receiver to score a touchdown for the Chiefs in over a year.

Our View: It's been quite a while. During the length of time it took (in game minutes) between TD catches by a wide receiver you could watch Star Wars: A New Hope over 10 times. Maclin was added in part to end that drought, and he did just that on Monday night.
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Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin listed as probable (Sat Sep 26, 03:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Maclin is a low-end WR2 against the Packers this week. He'd be a little higher if throwing touchdowns to wide receivers was a thing in Kansas City.
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Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin off injury list (Fri Sep 25, 06:58 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) is no longer on the injury report for the Week 3 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Maclin is good to go as a WR3/flex play on Monday night.
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